Brian Cody refused to blame Kilkenny’s schedule for the defeat to Limerick that ended their All-Ireland hopes.

The Cats were in action for a third week in a row after the Leinster final against Galway ended in a draw.

Limerick, on the other hand, had a three-week break before their qualifier win over Carlow last week.

"We don’t have any excuses, we don’t want any excuses, there are no excuses," Cody told RTÉ Sport after the 0-27 to 1-22 loss in Semple Stadium in the All-Ireland quarter-final

"[We're] not even remotely thinking about the fact that we played three weeks in a row but it beats not playing.

"I said beforehand that will have nothing to do with it"

Instead the veteran boss preferred to point to how Limerick reacted when going behind to a Richie Hogan goal in the 65th minute.

"It was a terrific response," he said as Limerick outscored the Leinster men by four points to one in the final stages.

" That’s the quality they have, they’ve been showing it all year.

"It’s over to them now to bring it on forward to the next game."